Tempus Project

This is the website for Project EU EACEA-158627 entitled:


The MSc programme in Medical Molecular Biology was set up in 2011 by the University of Westminster and is the first international collaborative award in this discipline, bringing together six Southern Caucasian universities and two European universities.

The collaboration led by the University of Westminster and funded by the European Union Tempus educational programme uses an innovative learning approach combining a mixture of IT-based and digital technologies with conventional teaching methods with the aim to foster knowledge exchange in teaching and research in the Medical Molecular Biology field.

The pioneering project, which was commended by the European Union as the best regional project since the Tempus programme was established 20 years ago, has also reinforced the University’s close partnerships with leading universities in the Southern Caucasus.

Main Objective
To develop e-learning technology and courses delivered through flexible and distance learning  in Biomedical sciences in Southern Caucasian Universities. A pilot scheme is to be set up using flexible learning to develop an MSc course in Medical Molecular Biology (MMB) currently taught in house at the University of Westminster (UoW) in London, UK. It is anticipated that other courses of interest to the Southern Caucasian partners will be developed  with the EU partner universities
Long term goals
Establish collaboration links and move towards dual/joint degrees and delivery of courses through distance learning packages
The Consortium.
This consists of three EU Universities and 6 Southern caucasian Universities
University of Westminster, London, UK (UoW)
University of L'Aquila, Italy (ULA)
University of Brest, Brittany, France (UBO)
Azerbaijan Medical University (AMU)
Baku State University (BSU)
Kutaisi State University (KSU)
Tbilisi State Unversity (TSU)
Yerevan State University (YSU)
Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU)
History of collaboration between the partners
UoW was a EU partner University for a successful Multiplier JEP-23070 “Establishment of National Centres of Excellence in Biomedical Education in the Southern Caucasus” and has established strong connections with South Caucasian Universities. KSU has been a part of our Tempus and INTAS consortia for many years. YMU is a new member of the consortium, but has well established teaching and research links with YSU. For several years these Tempus funded projects, co-ordinated by Professor Peter Lydyard (UCL), have contributed greatly to the restructuring of higher education in biomedicine in Georgia (TSU and KSU), Armenia (YSU) and Azerbaijan (BSU, AMU).  This was achieved through the supply of essential teaching and laboratory equipment, computers, communication means and curricula (JEP-10207, NP-2117, JEP-23070).